Saturday 12 July 2008 

Harmison Hits Form For Durham At The Riverside

Steve Harmison ripped out Somerset's top order to fire a timely reminder to the England selectors on a day where Andrew Flintoff failed with the bat once again in the latest action in the LV County Championship. John Pennington and Richard Reardon report.

LV County Championship Division One

The Riverside: Somerset 324-6 v Durham

After yesterday's play was washed out, Durham hit their straps first as Harmison got rid of Marcus Trescothick (15), Neil Edwards (13) and Justin Langer (nought) before returning to dismiss the dangerous Ian Blackwell for 16.

However, after slumping to 42 for three, Somerset dug in and a century from South African all-rounder Zander de Bruyn, who hit 120, and half-centuries from James Hildreth (54) and Peter Trego (67 not out) gave them every chance of posting a competitive total, or at least gaining maximum bonus points.

Harmison closed with four for 68.

Canterbury: Kent 298-6 v Yorkshire

Kent rattled out the Yorkshire tail before making a decent reply to the away side’s first innings total of 410. The home side will resume on 298 for six on day three still 112 runs adrift of the Yorkshire total.

Kent resumed day two still needing five wickets to wrap up the Yorkshire innings, Azhar Mahmood did what was required taking all five wickets to go down with Yorkshire only able to add a further 62 runs from their overnight total. The away side’s innings of 410 all out was very healthy though as Jacques Rudolph made it to 129 before he became the first victim of the day. The tail subsided with the Pakistani seamer cashing in for his best figures in a Kent shirt as the last five wickets fell for 26 runs as Mahmood claimed six for 55.

The Kent top order went out to demonstrate how conditions were favourable to the batting side. Joe Denly and Robert Key added 68 for the first wicket, with Denly contributing 48 before he fell two runs short of a half-century. James Tredwell came in at number three and resumed where Denly had left off before he suffered the same fate of falling for 48 after adding 135 with Key. Meanwhile Key (122 not out) became the third centurion of the match so far when he reached the landmark after almost four hours at the crease, he hit 13 boundaries as he reached three figures in 174 balls his first in this seasons County Championship. Young Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed quick wickets towards the end of the day as Key saw partners departing with regularity as the home side slipped to 261 for six after being 203 for one earlier on, with Key remaining unbeaten with Mahmood on 21.

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 327 v Lancashire 229-5

The game at the Rose Bowl looks evenly balanced heading into day three; Lancashire finished the day five wickets down and 98 runs behind in their reply to Hampshire’s first innings total of 327.

A last wicket partnership of 84 between Chris Tremlett (60) and James Tomlinson (35 not out) got Hampshire up to 327 before Sajid Mahmood claimed his third wicket to wrap up the innings. Tremlett continues to show his abilities with the bat as he scored his second half-century in consecutive innings in the County Championship.

Lancashire’s openers got the away side of to a decent start in their reply; they brought up the half-century before the first wicket went down. Lou Vincent (83) made a half-century but failed to convert to three figures when he was caught of off Tomlinson after putting on almost 100 with Stuart Law (43). Flintoff failed with the bat, scoring just two runs before he became Tomlinson’s second victim. Dimitri Mascarenhas had a prosperous day with the ball taking three wickets before Steve Croft (27 not out) and Luke Sutton (24 not out) saw their side through to day three five wicket down.

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Surrey 356-7

Surrey batted well on day two after finding themselves in a tricky position at the end of day one after a rain reduced day’s play. Contributions were made throughout the innings as the away side finished the day on 356 for seven, although a positive result looks unlikely heading into day three.

Mark Ramprakash again fell well short of his hundredth hundred hitting 42 before he became Darren Pattinson’s fourth wicket of the innings. Usman Afzaal came in and looked to play positively for his 89 hitting twelve boundaries in 128 balls; he was supported well by Matthew Spriegel who hit his maiden half-century in first class cricket, the pair put on 79 for the fifth wicket before Afzaal was bowled by Graeme Swann. Australian Matt Nicholson (38) and Saqlain Mushtaq (27 not out) provided support for Chris Jordan (57 not out) who claimed his highest first class total in his short career, the promising all-rounder also picked up a half-century in the process as Surrey looked to get up towards the 400 mark.

LV County Championship Division Two

New Road: Worcestershire 146 v Northamptonshire 264-7

Northamptonshire used what short amount of play that was possible in Worcester to advance their score and build a handy lead on day three. Nicky Boje (18) fell early but left it to compatriots Lance Klusener (56 not out) and Johan van der Wath (69 not out) to bat out the rest of play in an unbroken 111-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Derby: Derbyshire 208 v Leicestershire 117-6

Leicestershire are in trouble in this East Midlands clash with Charl Langeveldt the chief architect of their problems. Having been bowled out for 208 with Lancashire's on loan bowler Tom Smith taking three for 52, Derbyshire responded with early wickets.

Only Matthew Boyce (38) had any answers as Langeveldt finished with three for 24 to leave Leicestershire chasing the game.

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 132 v Essex 54-0

Sophia Gardens finally saw some cricket on day two of Glamorgan’s match with Essex, however the home side’s supporters were not rewarded as Glamorgan were dismissed for a measly 132 before the Essex reply finished the day on 54 for nought.

The away side unsurprisingly decided to field and their suspicions about the pitch were proved correct by the ease in which they picked up the Glamorgan batsmen’s wickets. Gareth Rees (34) and Mike Powell (31) made the only scores of any note as the home side were rattled out for just 132 with Danish Kaneria taking five for 22.

Essex openers Varun Chopra (29 not out) and Jason Gallian (24 not out) saw the away side to the close without losing a wicket, before rain brought about an early conclusion to the day’s play.

Bristol: Gloucestershire v Middlesex 282-6

Middlesex recovered from a difficult first day as Eoin Morgan continued his good form as the Irishman hit an unbeaten century as the away side finish the day on 282 for six.

Middlesex’s batsmen dug in on day two after resuming the day on 73 for four after a rain reduced first day. Overnight batsmen Eoin Morgan (128 not out) remained unbeaten throughout the day as he and Ben Scott (83) put on 172 for the fifth wicket to recover the innings. Eight bowlers were utilised by Gloucestershire captain Jon Lewis as only two wickets were claimed on day two before the rain came again to bring proceedings to an early close.

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